TV & Movies

Pass The Popcorn, Stan Just Dropped These 14 Epic New Flicks

By Morgan Reardon
9th Oct 2020

a young man and woman stands in a field of tall grass

A sure-fire way to ruin the perfect night on the couch is having to waste your precious binge time searching for the perfect flick. Fortunately, Stan is packed with a bunch of epic blockbusters.

To ensure you can start smashing the popcorn sooner, we’ve rounded up the very best movies on Stan right now. Happy binging.

Z For Zachariah 

This sci-fi thriller gives us serious Tomorrow When The War Began vibes and we dig it. Shot in New Zealand but set in a post apocalyptic world, Z For Zachariah stars homegrown legend Margot Robbie as Ann Burden, a young woman who has been living a secluded life on her family farm believing she is the only person left on earth after the population was wiped out by a nuclear disaster. That is until John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) stumbles onto Ann’s land in a failing anti-radiation suit. As Ann nurses John pack to health a relationship forms, but that’s soon disturbed when another survivor Caleb (Chris Pine) turns up and a love triangle evolves.

Legend

The only thing better than one Tom Hardy, is two and thankfully Legend delivers that dream. Based on the true story of London’s most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Hardy) this crime thriller chronicles their rise through the dark underworld of London. While the brothers grow their wealth and reign of terror, Ronnie thrives, becoming more cruel and violent by the day, while Reggie finds love and struggles to go legitimate. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish making it one of the best movies on Stan right now.

Bran Nue Dae

This feel-good Aussie flick is an absolute must watch and boasts a seriously stacked cast. Taking place in Western Australia in the late 60s, Bran Nue Dae follows Aboriginal teen Willie Johnson (Rocky McKenzie) who after running away from his Catholic boarding school with his headmaster (Geoffrey Rush) in hot pursuit, tries to hitch his way back to his hometown of Broome to win over the girl of his dreams Rosie (Jessica Mauboy). Along the way he gets help from a bunch of hilarious characters like his Uncle Tadpole (Ernie Dingo), hippies, 'Slippery' the German (Tom Budge) and Annie (Missy Higgins), and 'Roadhouse Betty' (Magda Szubanski). We could explain further but honestly, just go watch it. 

We Are Your Friends

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Zac Efron? Directed by Catfish’s Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends stars Efron as an aspiring young DJ called Cole. The flick follows Cole and his tight-knit group of 20-something mates as they try to pursue their dreams of making it in Hollywood. Desperate to crack into the electronic music scene, Cole finally gets his big break when he befriends world famous DJ James Reed (Wes Bently) at a party. Taking Cole under his wing and acting as his mentor, James introduces him to all the right people. The only problem? One of those said people is James’ girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski) who Cole just happens to fall in love with. Messy? You betcha. 

I Am Woman

This epic biopic chronicles the life of Australian, Grammy-award winning artist Helen Reddy who was responsible for co-writing and singing ‘I Am Woman’—a song that went on to become the anthem for the women's movement in the 1970s. The flick follows Reddy from the 60s where she bravely swapped Melbourne for New York, with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and a feminist icon, whose music galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.

Selma

From the incredible director Ava DuVernay comes this moving, thought-provoking flick that garnered Oscar nominations for Best Picture and won Best Original Song (an absolute banger from John Legend and Common). The plot of Selma draws inspiration from the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. played by David Oyelowo. The movie centres on King's campaign to secure equal voting rights for people of color, resulting in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama in the 60s. Selma offers a raw look into how far the civil rights movement has come and how much further, we as a society have to go.

The Paperboy

From Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Paperboy is based on Pete Dexter's 1995 novel of the same name. The flick takes place in Florida's bayou in the 60s, where investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) returns to his hometown with his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) to report on a career-changing story. With the help of Jansen’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and kooky groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), the duo tries to prove that creepy swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for murder. The victim? The town’s corrupt sheriff. We’re not going to lie, this one is a bit dark, a bit twisted, but the stellar, all-star cast makes it worth a watch.

Valley Girl

This feel-good remake of the cult classic is the perfect easy weekend watch. Set in the 80s it follows Julie (Jessica Rothe), a creative free spirit who spends her days focusing on the most important thing in her life—making plans with her friends for senior prom. But when she meets punk rocker Randy (Josh Whitehouse) at a party, life as she knows it turns upside down. Experiencing the epic highs of first love, bad boy Randy challenges everything Julie thought she knew about the valley, her friends and what she stood for. And did we mention there’s a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure? With a cracking soundtrack and amazing 80s fashion, let the nostalgic feelings roll with this feel-good teen romance. 

Magic Mike

This beauty needs absolutely no introduction. If you needed a refresher or were one of the few people who haven’t seen this Steven Soderbergh flick, the plot goes like this: Mike (Channing Tatum) is a builder by day and a star stripper at Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa by night. While his passion is to one day own his own furniture company, he’s got a few more dances in him before that can happen. When Mike meets 19-year-old Adam (Alex Pettyfer), a recent college dropout looking for work, he takes him under his wing. While things look good at first and the duo start raking in big bucks at the club, Adam is soon lured into a debaucherous lifestyle of drugs, sex and scams. While Mike tries to break free, Adam falls deeper to the point of no return. 

Michelle Obama: Life After the Whitehouse

She might not have been our First Lady but damn, we have big love for Michelle Obama. In this inspiring doco, we follow the former First Lady from when she first gained national attention when her husband delivered a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, to her dedication to supporting military families, helping children lead healthier lives, poverty, healthy living, and education. This doco will reveal what life is like for one of the most recognisable women in the world away from the White House, and the incredible way she is still inspiring young girls around the globe. 

The Choice

Nicholas Sparks knows how to make our hearts burst with happiness one moment and then ball our eyes out the next—and The Choice, his eleventh book to movie adaptation, is no exception. The movie follows Travis Parker, who lives the good life—great job, friends and a sprawling waterfront home—in a small town in North Carolina. He’s not lothario as such, but he’s never been keen to really settle down, that is until Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) moves in next door. Despite the fact that she has a boyfriend, the duo are drawn to each other and soon they begin a journey neither of them could have foreseen. Because this is a Spark’s adaption, there is ofcourse a heartbreaking twist that we won’t give away, so do yourself (and our tear ducts) a favour and watch it yourself. 

Relic

After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews Aussie horror flick Relic is an absolute must-see. Directed by amazing Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James, Relic tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home in the Melbourne countryside to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. 

Brooklyn

If you're a sucker for a romantic drama then put this beauty to the top of your list. Based on the novel of the same name, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (played by the incredible Saoirse Ronan) a young Irish woman who in the 1950s emigrates to Brooklyn, New York in search of a new life. At first homesick for her home town of Enniscorthy, she soon finds work at a local department store, begins night school and falls in love with a cheeky Italian plumber called Tony. But when tragedy strikes back home, Eilis returns and is torn between her new life in New York and her family in Ireland. Yes, you’ll need tissues and yes you’ll want to book a holiday to Ireland stat. 

Silver Linings Playbook

This flick scored Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for Best Actress—and was nominated for eight Academy Awards in total—so you know it’s worth a watch. Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook follows Pat (Bradley Cooper) who after a stint in a mental health institution where he was diagnosed as bipolar disorder, moves back in with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Things get a little complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence) who offers to help Pat win back his wife if he enters a dance competition with her. As the duo train, sparks start to fly and Pat realises there’s a lot more to Tiffany than he first thought. 

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